LGBTQ* GAYla

LGBTQ* Resource Offices is an amazing resource for student of campus who identify with the LGBTQ* community. It also serves as a learning tool for those students who do not personally identify with that community.

The first annual GAYla was a chance for some amazing men, women, and more to come out and experience the awesomeness that is a drag show. The drag queens, men, and women all came to slay! They performed in amazing costumes and makeup to your favorite songs. Oh! and don’t forget to tip!

Best VR Gaming Apps of 2018

VR is a rapidly growing medium in the gaming world. Every year we get closer and closer to a totally immersive gaming experience. This year at the International Consumer Electronics Show there were hundreds of products that will soon be flooding the market. Everything from VR/AR goggles all the way to haptic gloves that allow you to touch. However, with brand new products on the market come extremely high prices. Fret not! You can get some VR experiences right on your smart phone and an exceptionally cheap headset!

Two of the best VR gaming apps I’ve experienced are Zombie Shooter VR and Google Expeditions both in the Android and iOS app stores absolutely free.

Zombie Shooter is an immersive shooting game that puts you in a post-apocalyptic world. It tests your speed and reaction time. When you put on your headset you can choose your weapon and begin the game almost immediately. To shoot the zombies you simply look at them and (I do a little head nod but I don’t think it’s entirely necessary) and the gun will shoot at whatever your target is. The game is not as easy as it would be on the PC, however it is immersive enough to give us a feeling of what is to come in the future as VR and smart phones become stronger. The app implements a freemium system. During the whole trial period, you can play absolutely free!

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world. It allows the user to get up close to historical land marks, dive under water with sharks, and even visit outer space. It’s built so that classrooms and small groups could use it as a teaching tool. It allows teachers to act as guides to lead the classroom through collections of 360 and 3D images. There is a growing list of over 200 expeditions and each one is a curated set of VR imagery along the way.

For all VR apps, it is best to use a VR headset of some sort. The Google Cardboard viewer or even a headset from amazon should do the trick. This will allow people to experience VR without breaking the bank. When VR goes mainstream it’ll be as simple and as cheap as any other mainstream device.

 

The Source, by Charity: Water

1 in 10 people lack access to clean water. Charity: Water is a nonprofit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Since their inception, they’ve funded 24,537 water projects for 7 million people around the world. Their documentary ‘The Source’ accounts the life of 13-year-old Selam of Ethiopia who spends every day trying to balance retrieving water for her family and attending school.

The intended audience were the donors, foundations and sponsors that cover the operating costs of the entire company. This ensures that 100% of public donations are used towards the water projects themselves.

The story used a ton of emotional appeal. Selam is a 13-year-old who has to help her family survive. Her mother died when she was 12, she has two siblings to take care of, and she also must attend school with the hopes of a brighter future. A future where her younger siblings do not have to decide between survival and school. The story documents the dirty, leach infested pond where she has no choice but to fetch water. The turning point is when they are provided with clean water and a well that is so close she can see it from her house. She no longer has to be late or miss school, her time is now her own. She can study to be a nurse.

The story was largely driven by her and her experiences. Like many other young girls in third world countries, her family’s survival is top priority. It was a unique point of view that included a beginning, middle and end. In the beginning, she was forced to fetch dirty water, in the middle her father informed her of a team coming to provide access to water (although they have been told the same thing many times before), in the end they got the water, and she is receiving the education she so desperately needs.

This story was appropriate for VR and I think especially important for the donors and future donors to this organization. Documentaries do well in VR because we know very little about the surroundings and actual experiences in third world countries.

As I was watching there were a few minor things that bothered me within the story, and with VR as a whole. Within the story, I felt like I wanted different angles. I wanted the angles to be more largely from the eyes of Selam. However, I also felt like there were sometimes obstacles in the way of the camera. As for VR, the medium, I would like there to be more of a walking effect. Instead of spinning in circles to look at everything, I want to have that feeling as I walk. If that makes any sense at all.

Seafood Lady Cooking Demo

Louisville’s very own “Seafood Lady,” Nichelle Thurston came to visit the University of Kentucky to give us a taste of her world. She hosted a cooking demonstration where a group of students had the opportunity to learn from her and make crab cakes. AKA, Crabby Patties.

Nailah Spencer and Destiny Butler